Loudoun Education Foundation Golf Classic Raises More than $80,000

The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) raised more than $80,000 at its signature event, the LEF Golf Classic on Monday, September 17th, at 1757 Golf Club.

21 foursomes took part in the annual event, accompanied by four members of the Washington Redskins Alumni: Mike Bragg, Pat Fischer, Clarence Vaughn and Ron Saul.

LEF President Wade Tetsuka explained why the Golf Classic is a popular fund-raiser year after year. “It’s because what’s behind the Foundation is what makes people happy about philanthropy; it’s education and the local community. Everything that is raised today goes right back into the local community.”

LEF Executive Director Dawn Meyer told the golfers where the money they donated will be going. “The money raised today will go toward supporting teacher classroom grants, student scholarships for students who want to become educators, teacher scholarships for teachers who are willing to become certified in critical needs areas, summer school scholarships for students who need to attend summer school but cannot afford to do so…the LCPS Science and Engineering Fair, the Senior Art Show, the Social Science Fair and special grants for students.” (Included in the special grants is money to send students to the International Space Olympics in Russia.)

The Golf Classic was chaired by LEF Vice President Chris Souther, who also is life science teacher at Seneca Ridge Middle School.

LCPS Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III spoke about the difference the LEF makes in moving the school system from good to great.

“The difference between a good school system and a great school system is the difference between giving kids an ‘average’ opportunity and an ‘outstanding’ opportunity to be educated. Every one of you sitting in this room is a partner in making sure that every student in Loudoun County has an outstanding opportunity to do the best they can. You are making a real difference in the lives of children.

“At the end of the day that’s what the whole school system is really all about.”

Saul was the guest speaker for the Golf Classic dinner and mixed homespun humor with an appreciation for education (he was once a teacher). Saul remembered a vacuum cleaner salesman once came to the door of his childhood home in Butler, Pa.

“He took horse manure and threw it on the only rug we had in the house right there past the foyer. My mother said ‘What are you doing?’ He said ‘Don’t worry ma’am, if my vacuum cleaner can’t clean that up, I’ll eat it.’

“(My mother said) ‘C’mon in buddy because we don’t have any electricity.’ ”

Saul and his identical twin brother, Rich, both had NFL careers. Saul said this led to occasional confusion, such as when the Redskins acquired him from the Oilers in 1976.

“They put my locker right next to the coaches’ room because I was the last one here…I hear swearing, turning over tables, punching the walls…One coach comes out and I say ‘What’s going on in there coach?’ He said ‘It’s OK, they thought they traded for your brother Richie.”

The team of Dave Werner, Kevin Brister, Billy Jones and Chip Mitchell won the best-ball tournament with a score of 57 (on the par-70 course). Bragg, Mike Zanin, Chuck Osbourn and Bill Kolster placed second with a score of 60. Robert Turner, David Silverman, Chris Kleczynski and Jed Hathaway also shot a 60, finishing third in a card playoff.

Kleczynski won the closest-to-the-hole contest at 2 feet 6 inches. James Austin won the longest-drive competition.

Golfers were able to drive from the women’s tee on the 15th hole if they donned a hula skirt and donated $20. This “Driving Miss Daisy” feature earned the LEF $1,100.

The title sponsor for the event was Moseley Architects. The event and banquet sponsors were SHW Group, Inc. and Urban Engineering.

Hole sponsors included Apple Federal Credit Union; ASG Security; BELFOR USA Group; Belfort Furniture; Boland TRANE; Bowman Consulting; Ernst & Young; Imagine Schools; Integrated Insurance Solutions, Inc.; Kenny Produce Co.; Loudoun Hounds; Luck Stone; Merchants Grocery Co.; Obenchain, Linkous, Daniels & Sowick Engineering; Pearson Digital; Reed Smith, LLP; and Telos.

The LEF Golf Classic was attended by School Board members Tom Reed (At-Large), Debbie Rose (Algonkian District) and Jeff Morse (Dulles District).

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